From senior actors like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone to the relatively new Parineeti Chopra and Kriti Sanon, they’ve all been victims to the everlasting bane of society – body shaming.
In the age of Twitter and Facebook, it’s much easier to hurt anyone’s sentiments than ever before. People find it easy to anonymously criticize others while hiding behind a screen. Much to the disadvantage of celebs, they face it the most without trying too hard.
It’s almost like these critics forget that celebrities are human too, and somehow it’s a disgrace if they do not conceal a single flaw. For instance, Sonakshi Sinha has always received flak for her weight and she recently admitted in an interview that she was body-shamed by a celebrity model and columnist called Shamita Singha.
Apparently, when she was walking the ramp, Singha said, “What is this cow doing on the catwalk…?” Mean girl alert!
On the other hand, when Deepika Padukone uploaded an image from the cover shoot of Vanity Fair – UK, she was called “skinny, unhealthy and unwell”.
Anushka Sharma has faced similar criticisms. Also, the time Kareena Kapoor Khan shed weight by her own free will? Well, that went under some serious local and global scrutiny. Good Lord!
So let’s just say the critics do not approve of black or white, they prefer someone that falls somewhere in the middle, in shades of grey, with the right amount of everything and zero flaws. But wait, they’re big believers of “natural beauty” too, cosmetic surgery is a taboo!
Let’s consider this as well: A celebrity’s face and body is an asset, they need to maintain it, and they can choose whatever tools and technology available for doing so. AKA therapy, surgery, the works! Now, the reason why they try to hide these facts is probably that the critics are narrow-minded and immature. These indecisive gits have a problem with cellulite or a single blemish but they choose to complain even when a celebrity conforms to conventional norms and gets a lip, boob or nose job. Hypocrisy alert!
The ever-confident – Sonam Kapoor, endured her fair share of shaming of all kinds – be it for her weight, colour, or height – but she stood tall through it all. In 2016, she broadly commented on beauty myths and until today successfully continues to bust them!
Here’s a little excerpt from her myth-busting interview..
“..For every teen girl leaning into her bedroom mirror, wondering why she doesn’t look like a celebrity: Please know that nobody wakes up like this. Not me. Not any other actress. (Not even Beyoncé. I swear.)
Here’s the real deal: Before each public appearance, I spend 90 minutes in a makeup chair. Three to six people work on my hair and makeup, while a professional touches up my nails. My eyebrows are tweezed and threaded every week. There’s concealer on parts of my body that I could never have predicted would need concealing.
After all that, if I’m still not “flawless” enough, there are generous servings of Photoshop.
I’ve said it before, and I will keep saying it: It takes an army, a lot of money, and an incredible amount of time to make a female celebrity look the way she does when you see her. It isn’t realistic, and it isn’t anything to aspire to..”
Even after all of that, critics find a loophole. Because let’s face it, whether in show-biz or the ordinary world – the society has unachievable and insensitive expectations of women – their flaws are highlighted, and strengths ignored. Unacceptance and shaming are routine to them.
But it’s time we look beyond these trivialities and just let them be. It’s time we stop looking down upon them and accept them for who they are. And it’s time we lift them up instead of raining on their parade. For they are the future and the ones who truly Run The World!